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I had my misgivings about the combination of cranberry and lemon together. Sure, I like cranberry teas, and I like lemon teas. But usually when I see a cranberry and citrus fruit tea, it’s usually paired with orange and that’s just fine with me because the orange is sweet and helps soften the tartness of the cranberry. But lemon is a tart fruit. Cranberry is a tart fruit. This just sounds TART.

It’s alright. Not my favorite tea from Boston Tea but it’s alright. I enjoyed it. I believe the black tea base here saves this, because it’s a smooth, robust black tea and the sweet notes of the malt notes help soften the tartier flavors (yes, tartier is a word even though my computer wants to put that wavy red line under it to indicate that I misspelled something. It’s a word because I just decided it was.) And the boldness of the black tea helps take some of the taste buds’ attention off of the fact that we’re dealing with two tart fruits in this blend.

Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/22/organic-cranberry-lemon-black-tea-blend-from-boston-tea-co/

A pleasant tea. I’d drink it again if it was offered to me, but it’s probably not one that I’d seek out and purchase for myself.

Anlina

It’s also a word because we all understand what it means. :)

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drank Peruvian Spiced Berry by Inca Tea
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As I mentioned in my full-length article about this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/22/peruvian-spiced-berry-tisane-from-inca-tea/ I wasn’t too sure what to think of a tea made with purple corn. It sounded weird. But I was willing to give it a try.

A spicy-sweet scent before brewing. After the tea is brewed, it smells of spiced fruit. The cinnamon and clove are not too overwhelming here though. It smells a bit like a spiced berry compote.

It’s a tasty tisane. And yes, I can taste the corn! It adds a somewhat nutty, grainy flavor to the cup that is more like a background note than something that is strong and forward. The berries and spice is the prominent flavor.

Overall, it tastes a bit like a spiced berry cobbler – and yum! If I had to change anything about it, I’d rather there not be hibiscus in it as I’m not a hibiscus fan. But even with the hibiscus, it’s a fairly tasty tisane. I enjoyed it and would drink it again.

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drank SBT: Wildberries Green by 52teas
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I posted my second tasting note about this tea before I posted this tasting note which is actually should be my first tasting note. I’ve had two pouches of this tea, the first I hot brewed and I managed 2 half-gallon pitchers out of that (and the second pitcher was almost as flavorful as the first. Very little discernible loss in flavor!) The second pouch I first cold-steeped to see how that would fair and then hot brewed it for the second pitcher.

This is really good. Lots of berry flavor but the green tea doesn’t hide behind the flavors. It’s smooth, sweet, and there is some berry tartness but not too much. A very refreshing iced tea.

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Gorgeous dry leaf. Pale green with silvery edges. The leaves feel soft to the touch and I can see and feel the fuzzy down on each leaf. The aroma is delicate and sweet, reminiscent of hay.

Sweet, smooth, light, refreshing! The sweetness reminds me of raw sugar cane. Hints of sweet apple and notes of melon. A very subtle vegetal note, barely there unless I slurp the sip to aerate the tea on the palate.

A superb Needle tea. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/21/silver-tip-white-tea-from-p-m-david-silva-sons/

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drank C of Tranquility by Good Life Tea
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I wasn’t too excited to try this blend because I’m not all that excited when it comes to hibiscus and/or chamomile and since this tisane has both, it was like … double non-excitement.

That said, this was actually pretty tasty. I learned quite some time ago that the key with teas/tisanes with hibiscus is not to steep it too long. Hibiscus, when steeped too long becomes thick, syrupy and too tart. I don’t want to drink that. Steeping less time will usually result in some texture from the hibiscus as well as some tartness, but not an overwhelming presence of these characteristics.

This tisane is pleasantly sweet – there’s also amber sugar in this blend, which I am also generally against being put in my tea (any sweeteners/sugars/honey), because I like to decide how much sweetener is going into my tea (if any). But the amber sugar does help curb some of the tart and I have to admit that I appreciated that.

Fruity – nice blueberry note. The hibiscus does enhance that berry note. The lemongrass adds just the right amount of citrus-y notes. I can barely taste the chamomile here – this would be a good person who wants to get the benefits of some chamomile but doesn’t like the flavor of it.

A pleasant tisane, here’s my full-length article: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/20/c-of-tranquilitea-herbal-tisane-from-good-life-tea/

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Back when I tried this tea, I tried it during some of our hottest weather of this past summer and it definitely is a refreshing summer tea. Even served hot, I found it very refreshing to sip – it’s really good iced too.

I like the base which is a blend of Oolong and Green teas and I like the utilization of bergamot in this blend. It doesn’t taste “Earl Grey” here, instead, it just adds a unique dimension of citrus to the cup that enhances the overall citrus flavors.

Sweet, citrus-y, toasty, nutty and beautifully crisp from the spearmint. The spearmint is the star of this cup, in my opinion because it adds just the right touch of cool, refreshing flavor without overpowering the cup and turning into mouthwash.

Really good. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/20/summer-garden-citrus-mint-blend-from-verdant-tea/

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I’ve tried a few teas from them since I first tried this tea, but this was the first from Bluebird that I tried. I was quite pleased with this blend.

I don’t know that I actually tasted “Lime Cola” here, maybe I’m a bit spoiled by the cola teas that 52Teas creates because Frank manages to nail the cola complete with an effervescence that is astounding.

That said, this is really tasty. I like the coffee-esque notes from the guayusa and I like the way the lime perks up that flavor. As the cup cools, I start to pick up on hints of a cola-esque note. When it’s hot, no cola … there is some cola to this when it cools, and this tisane is definitely better iced.

I enjoyed it quite a bit even though I didn’t get as much cola as I would have liked. Here’s my full-length review: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/19/lime-cola-guayusa-from-bluebird-tea-co/

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An amazingly good black tea. This reminds me a lot of Dawn from Simple Leaf. Maybe even better than Dawn, if that’s possible. It’s an exceptional black tea.

Sweet, rich, chocolate-y, stone fruit notes and a honeyed caramel sweetness. Notes of flower in the distance.

The chocolate notes are what astound me. I can even taste some berry-esque notes that I would pick up if I were eating a bar of high quality dark chocolate. So good. Dreamy.

Here’s my full-length review of more gushing praise of this tea: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/18/li-shan-black-tea-from-green-terrace-teas/ Seriously, it deserves the praise. It’s that good.

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I think that this is the first tea from What-Cha that I’m writing about here on Steepster, but I’ve reviewed quite a few of them over at SororiTea Sisters and this tea company has become one of my newest favorite tea companies. They are AWESOME! Like totally awesome awesomeness!

And this is a lovely green tea from the purple varietal. A smooth and silky texture, mild smokiness to the flavor and a sweet undertone. Notes of fruit (melon and plum?) hints of vegetation, and a buttery note.

The second steep is even better than the first.

A really lovely tea experience, read more about my experience with this tea here: http://sororiteasisters.com/2014/08/18/yunnan-graceful-zi-juan-purple-varietal-green-tea-from-what-cha-tea/

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drank PGB Black Tea by 52teas
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OK, so I was seriously excited about this tea. But I was also just a tad afraid of it. I mean, a Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster is supposed to be like getting your brain smashed by a slice of lemon that’s been wrapped around a gold brick. I wasn’t too sure I was ready for all that excitement.

Somehow, I summoned the courage to try the tea and hoped that the brain smashing with a lemon wrapped brick wouldn’t be too jarring.

At first, the tea is mellow but after about three sips, the flavor starts to hit the palate like a lemon slice that’s been wrapped around a cinnamon stick and a chili pepper. It’s sweet and spicy and tangy and fruity. I’m less efficient at picking up the alcohol flavors and I blame that on the fact that I’m a tea-totaler.

The black tea comes through as a pleasant, rich tasting base. I like the low-and-slow burn that I get from the chili pepper and cinnamon. It’s spicy but not too spicy. It’s tart but not too much. It even has a little sweetness from the maraschino cherry.

Nice. A good tribute to one of my all-time favorite movies. No, I haven’t read the book yet.

Anlina

All the versions of the Guide are pretty different, so it’s worth checking out most of them. My first experience was the BBC radio show, then the book, then the really terrible BBC mini series (?I think?) and then finally the newer movie.

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My favorite teas are Yellow Teas with most Oolong teas at a close second. As far as “flavored” teas go, I love Earl Grey, Chocolate and Jasmine teas.

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